Buffalo Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits are a professional box lacrosse team in the Eastern Division of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). They play at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The Bandits played in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1992 to 1997, then in its successor the NLL since 1998.

Buffalo Bandits
SportLacrosse
Founded1991
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
DivisionNorth
Based inBuffalo, New York
ArenaKeyBank Center
ColorsOrange, Black, white, purple
OwnerPegula Sports and Entertainment
Head coachJohn Tavares and Rich Kilgour
General managerSteve Dietrich
Championships(4) 1992, 1993, 1996, 2008
Division titles(10) 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2016, 2019
Local mediaWWKB, WGR, WGWE
Websitewww.bandits.com

The Bandits are owned by Hockey Western New York LLC, a division of Pegula Sports and Entertainment led by Terry Pegula who also owns the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills.

History

The Bandits played their first season in 1992. They played home games at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium sharing with the Buffalo Sabres until its closure in 1996.

The Bandits became the first expansion franchise in MILL/NLL history[1][2] to win a championship in its first season. The Bandits repeated as champions in their second season (compiling the league's only perfect season to date that year), lost the Championship game their third season and captured their third Championship in 1996, their fifth season. It was not until 1999, their eighth season, that the Bandits did not make the playoffs.

Since their 1996 Championship-winning season, the Bandits returned to the NLL Championship game on three separate occasions (1997, 2004, 2006) only to lose each time (including twice at home). It wouldn't be until 2008 that the Bandits would win their elusive fourth Championship, a 14-13 triumph over Portland.

As of 2018, Buffalo is the longest tenured team in the NLL, in terms of continuous years in their home city, at 27 seasons. (They are not the longest tenured franchise; the New England Black Wolves operate on the franchise of the Philadelphia Wings and the Colorado Mammoth were originally the Baltimore Thunder with previous stops as the Pittsburgh Crossefire in 2000 and Washington Power in 2001 & 2002.)

Awards and honors

YearPlayerAward
1992Derek KeenanRookie of the Year
John TavaresChampionship Game MVP
1993John TavaresChampionship Game MVP
1994John TavaresMost Valuable Player
1996Pat O'TooleChampionship Game MVP
2000John TavaresMost Valuable Player
2001John TavaresMost Valuable Player
2003Darris KilgourCoach of the Year
Kurt SilcottGM of the Year
2005Steve DietrichGoaltender of the Year[3]
2006Steve DietrichGoaltender of the Year[4]
Most Valuable Player[5]
2007Dave ZygajExecutive of the Year[6]
2008Mark SteenhuisTransition Player of the Year[7]
Champion's Cup MVP
2009
Billy Dee SmithDefenesive Player of the Year
Ken MontourGoaltender of the Year
2016Steve DietrichGM of the Year
Dhane SmithMost Valuable Player

NLL Hall of Fame members

NLL records

Single-game record holders

  • Most assists in a single game - Mark Steenhuis (13 assists, February 14, 2009)
  • Most points in a single game - Mark Steenhuis (17 points, February 14, 2009)

Season record holders

All-time record holders

  • Most goals in a career - John Tavares (724 goals, 1991–2015)
  • Most assists in a career - John Tavares (823 assists, 1991–2015)
  • Most points in a career - John Tavares (1,547 points, 1991–2015)

NLL All-Star Game

* - voted as starter

Current roster

Buffalo Bandits roster
Active (20-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
Defensemen
Forwards
Transition
  •  4 Ian MacKay
  •  8 Kevin Brownell
  • 37 Ethan O’Connor
  • 81 Matt Gilray
Practice Squad
  •    Dallas Bridle
  • 71 Zach Herreweyers
  •    Devlin Shanahan
Injured Reserve
Head Coach
Assistant Coaches

Equipment Manager

  • Ted Cordingley

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2019-01-06
NLL Transactions

All-time record

Season Division W–L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
1992National5–32nd2–23–1161125Bob McCready / Les BartleyChampions
1993National8–01st4–04–0143108Les BartleyChampions
1994National6–21st3–13–112199Les Bartleylost final
19953–54th2–21–3109108Les Bartleylost semi-final
19968–21st3–25–0173127Les BartleyChampions
19976–43rd3–23–2158153Les Bartleylost final
19986–64th4–22–4166171Les Wakelinglost semi-final
19994–86th1–53–3158177Les Wakelingdid not qualify
20008–42nd5–13–3202194Ted Sawickilost semi-final
20018–65th4–34–3248218Ted Sawickidid not qualify
2002Central8–84th4–44–4210215Ted Sawicki / Frank Neilsondid not qualify
2003Central12–42nd8–04–4231188Darris Kilgourlost division final
2004Eastern8–83rd4–44–4205198Darris Kilgourlost final
2005Eastern11–52nd5–36–2217183Darris Kilgourlost division semi-final
2006Eastern11–51st6–25–3193167Darris Kilgourlost final
2007Eastern10–62nd6–24–4207188Darris Kilgourlost division final
2008Eastern10–61st7–23–4203174Darris KilgourChampions
2009Eastern10–62nd5–35–3223170Darris Kilgourlost division final
2010Eastern8–83rd4–44–4169170Darris Kilgourlost division semi-final
2011Eastern10–61st4–46–2169159Darris Kilgourlost division final
2012Eastern7–94th4–43–5198204Darris Kilgourlost division semi-final
2013Eastern6–104th2–64–4171211Darris Kilgourdid not qualify
2014Eastern8–103rd6–32–7190200Troy Cordingleylost division final
2015Eastern11–73rd7–24–5236208Troy Cordingleylost division semi-final
2016Eastern13–51st8–15–4251214Troy Cordingleylost final
2017Eastern6–125th3–63–6226251Troy Cordingleydid not qualify
2018Eastern8–105th4–54–5232240Troy Cordingleydid not qualify
2019Eastern14-41st7-27-2244186John Tavres, Rich KilgourLost Finals
Total28 seasons233-169 125-77108–925,4145,006  
Playoff Totals22 Appearances26-21 20–86–13605562 4 championships

All-time team-by-team records

(active NLL franchises only)

    Home   Road   Overall
Team GP W L PCT GP W L PCT GP W L PCT
Calgary Roughnecks 3 2 1 .667 8 4 4 .500 11 6 5 .545
Colorado Mammoth 9 5 4 .555 5 1 4 .200 14 6 8 .428
as Washington Power 2 1 1 .500 2 2 0 1.000 4 3 1 .750
as Pittsburgh CrosseFire 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000
as Baltimore Thunder 8 6 2 .750 5 4 1 .800 13 10 3 .769
Saskatchewan Rush 1 0 1 .000 1 1 0 1.000 2 1 1 .500
as Edmonton Rush 2 1 1 .500 4 1 3 .250 6 2 4 .333
Georgia Swarm 3 0 3 .000 3 2 1 .667 6 2 4 .333
as Minnesota Swarm 14 12 2 .857 11 7 4 .636 25 19 6 .760
New England Black Wolves 5 3 2 .600 5 2 3 .400 10 5 5 .500
as Philadelphia Wings 27 15 12 .555 24 11 13 .458 51 26 25 .509
Rochester Knighthawks 29 15 14 .517 33 11 22 .333 62 26 36 .419
Toronto Rock 27 12 15 .444 24 11 13 .440 51 23 28 .451
as Ontario Raiders 1 1 0 1.000 1 0 1 .000 2 1 1 .500
Vancouver Stealth 3 3 0 1.000 4 3 1 .750 7 6 1 .857
as Washington Stealth 2 0 2 .000 3 2 1 .667 5 2 3 .400
as San Jose Stealth 1 1 0 1.000 1 1 0 1.000 2 2 0 1.000
as Albany Attack 4 3 1 .750 4 3 1 .750 8 6 2 .750
Total 141 80 61 .567 139 66 73 .475 280 146 134 .521

Playoff results

SeasonGameVisitingHome
1992Division SemifinalBoston Blazers 16Buffalo Bandits 22
Division FinalBuffalo Bandits 19Detroit Turbos 16
ChampionshipBuffalo Bandits 11Philadelphia Wings 10 (OT)
1993Division FinalBoston Blazers 10Buffalo Bandits 12
ChampionshipPhiladelphia Wings 12Buffalo Bandits 13
1994Division FinalDetroit Turbos 10Buffalo Bandits 16
ChampionshipPhiladelphia Wings 26Buffalo Bandits 15
1995SemifinalsPhiladelphia Wings 19Buffalo Bandits 16
1996SemifinalsRochester Knighthawks 10Buffalo Bandits 18
ChampionshipPhiladelphia Wings 10Buffalo Bandits 15
1997SemifinalsNew York Saints 10Buffalo Bandits 19
ChampionshipRochester Knighthawks 15Buffalo Bandits 12
1998SemifinalsBuffalo Bandits 12Philadelphia Wings 17
2000SemifinalsRochester Knighthawks 15Buffalo Bandits 11
2003QuarterfinalsCalgary Roughnecks 9Buffalo Bandits 16
SemifinalsBuffalo Bandits 13Rochester Knighthawks 16
2004Division SemifinalBuffalo Bandits 13Rochester Knighthawks 9
Division FinalBuffalo Bandits 19Toronto Rock 10
ChampionshipBuffalo Bandits 11Calgary Roughnecks 14
2005Division SemifinalRochester Knighthawks 17Buffalo Bandits 16
2006Division SemifinalBuffalo Bandits 11Minnesota Swarm 10
Division FinalBuffalo Bandits 15Rochester Knighthawks 10
ChampionshipColorado Mammoth 16Buffalo Bandits 9
2007Division SemifinalMinnesota Swarm 8Buffalo Bandits 14
Division FinalBuffalo Bandits 13Rochester Knighthawks 14 (OT)
2008Division SemifinalPhiladelphia Wings 12Buffalo Bandits 14
Division FinalNew York Titans 12Buffalo Bandits 19
ChampionshipPortland LumberJax 13Buffalo Bandits 14
2009Division SemifinalBoston Blazers 8Buffalo Bandits 11
Division FinalBuffalo Bandits 3New York Titans 9
2010Division SemifinalBuffalo Bandits 11Toronto Rock 13
2011Division SemifinalBoston Blazers 10Buffalo Bandits 11
Division FinalBuffalo Bandits 11Toronto Rock 12
2012Division SemifinalBuffalo Bandits 6Toronto Rock 7
2014Division SemifinalBuffalo Bandits 15Toronto Rock 13
Division Final 1Rochester Knighthawks 8Buffalo Bandits 12
Division Final 2Buffalo Bandits 8Rochester Knighthawks 13
Division Final 3Buffalo Bandits 1Rochester Knighthawks 2
2015Division SemifinalBuffalo Bandits 11Rochester Knighthawks 14
2016Division Final 1Buffalo Bandits 15New England Black Wolves 10
Division Final 2New England Black Wolves 15Buffalo Bandits 20
Finals 1Buffalo Bandits 9Saskatchewan Rush 11
Finals 2Saskatchewan Rush 11Buffalo Bandits 10

All-time team-by-team playoff records

(Active NLL franchises only)

    Home   Road   Overall
Team GP W L PCT GP W L PCT GP W L PCT
Calgary Roughnecks 1 1 0 1.000 1 0 1 .000 2 1 1 .500
Colorado Mammoth 1 0 1 .000 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000
Georgia Swarm 2 2 0 1.000 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.000
New England Black Wolves 6 4 2 .667 3 2 1 .667 9 6 3 .667
Rochester Knighthawks 6 3 3 .500 6 1 5 .167 12 4 8 .333
Saskatchewan Rush 1 0 1 .000 1 0 1 .000 2 0 2 .000
Toronto Rock 1 0 1 .000 4 2 2 .500 5 2 3 .400
Total 18 10 8 .556 15 5 10 .333 33 15 18 .455

Head coaching history

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1Bob McCready1992303.000
2Les Bartley19921997493613.7351293.750
3Les Wakeling19981999241014.417101.000
4Ted Sawicki20002002352114.600101.000
5Frank Neilson2002734.429
6Darris Kilgour2003201317610373.58520119.550
7Troy Cordingley20142018904644.511945.444
8John Tavares,
Rich Kilgour[8]
201918144.778321.666
9John Tavares2020-

Draft history

NLL Entry Draft

First Round Selections

NLL Dispersal Draft

NLL Expansion Draft

Retired numbers

The Bandits have four retired numbers, three of which are represented at the Arena in the rafters with the Championship banners.[10]

Equipment Manager - John Craig, February 2, 2012 (retired by the Bandits and given a ceremony)

Game broadcasts

Buffalo Bandits games can be heard on Buffalo's Entercom stations, either WGR 550 AM or WWKB 1520 AM, with a simulcast on WGWE-FM 105.9, the Seneca nation's radio station in Little Valley. John Gurtler, former play-by-play man for the Buffalo Sabres, handles announcing duties, while former Bandit Randy Mearns handles color commentary. Home games are streamed live on NLL.com.

Footnotes and references

  1. The Baltimore Thunder won the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League championship in the first year of their existence as well (1987), but that was the first year the league existed.
  2. The Toronto Rock won a championship in its first season in Toronto (1999), but the franchise had already played one year in Hamilton as the Ontario Raiders.
  3. "Dietrich Named Aquis Goaltender of the Year". NLL.com. May 4, 2005. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  4. "Steve Dietrich Named RBK Goaltender of the Year". NLL website. May 3, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
  5. "Dietrich Wins 2006 Jet Blue MVP Award". NLL website. May 11, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
  6. "Dave Zygaj Named NLL Executive of the Year". NLL.com. May 7, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
  7. "Steenhuis Named Top Transition Player". NLL.com. May 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  8. http://www.bandits.com/article/BANDITS%20ANNOUNCE%20CHANGES%20TO%20COACHING%20STAFF
  9. Acquired the first overall pick and selected Chris Langdale from Toronto
  10. "2017 Media Guide" (PDF). Buffalo Bandits. Retrieved 5 December 2017.

See also

Preceded by
Detroit Turbos
Major Indoor Lacrosse League Champions
1992, 1993
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Wings
Preceded by
Philadelphia Wings
Major Indoor Lacrosse League Champions
1996
Succeeded by
Rochester Knighthawks
Preceded by
Rochester Knighthawks
National Lacrosse League Champions
2008
Succeeded by
Calgary Roughnecks
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